LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center found itself in the cross-hairs in an ongoing ethical debate in August when The New York Times raised questions about the relationship between Coca-Cola and obesity research it has funded — including a study at Pennington in Baton Rouge.

Last week, when Coca-Cola recently released a detailed list of nearly $120 million in grants, large and small, given to medical, health and community organizations since 2010, Pennington’s name again surfaced.

According to a new report in The New York Times, Coke has given more than $7.5 million to the university research center or its foundation over the past five years, making LSU the single largest recipient of Coke money since 2010.

Critics have slammed the beverage giant for promoting what they say are misleading claims about the causes of obesity. According to The New York Times, Coca-Cola has teamed up with influential scientists to advance studies that point to physical activity as the key culprit. Those studies tend to downplay the role of eating healthy, which could have a negative impact on the sugary soda market.

See The New York Times report here.